Picture an older Indian man, in his late sixties, who never travelled outside of his country before. Taking a boat trip on a rickety cargo liner where he suffered from sea sickness, dizziness and also had two heart-attacks. He arrived at the docks of New York City after 37 days with an umbrella, several books and about 40 Rupees in his possession. He had no money, no friends, no followers, neither his youth nor good health, but he had a mission – A mission to present the spiritual knowledge of the Vedas to the Western world.

He tried preaching at Indian societies and held programs in local yoga studios but no one would take his message. Finally, he ended up in the Bowery, a rundown part of the city, in the midst of the hippy revolution. And one day he decided to visit a nearby park, sit under a tree and sing…

Now fast forward 54 years…

The crowds are gathering under the same tree. People who never met him in person, but who are inspired by his story, his legacy and his dedicated followers. On the eve of the annual ‘festivals of India’, a group of dedicated musicians are ready to honour and relive those moments from the past. To get a glimpse of those times in the park where it all started, Tompkins Square Park.

It won’t be long before you will be able to travel back in time, sitting under that very same tree as Srila Prabhupada once did, while listening to the soon to be released album with artists like Kadamba Kanana Swami, Jahnavi Harrison, Gauravani and others.

Stay tuned! 

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